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The Marvel Universe and the Latin Language Posted by on Apr 26, 2019

Salvete Omnes, With the upcoming Avenger’s End Game upon us, I thought it was appropriate to look at this ever popular world and how Latin or Ancient Rome has impacted it. Excelsior MARVEL UNIVERSE: Stan Lee’s motto which he tweeted that it meant for him: “Finally, what does “Excelsior” mean? “Upward and onward to greater glory!”…

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Don’t Anger the Gods Posted by on Apr 3, 2019

Note: This blog post is a companion to Unit XVI of our Introduction to Latin Vocabulary course. You can learn more about the course here.   The Romans did not believe the gods were kind, just, or interested in forgiveness. To them, the gods were incredibly powerful, and volatile, and therefore extremely dangerous. To do…

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Suetonius: Ancient History or Ancient Gossip? Posted by on Feb 1, 2017

Salvete Omnes! Today, let’s take a look at some of the most popular and sensational sets of biographries that have survived since the time of the Romans. That would be the 12 books of the De vita Caesarum (literally “About the Life of the Caesars”) compiled and written by Gaius Suetonius Tranquillus, usually known as Suetonius. Suetonius’…

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Fitness in Ancient Rome Posted by on Jan 18, 2017

Salvete Omnes! With the start of the new year there are plenty of us who have made some New Year’s Resolutions. One of the most popular resolutions people make today is the resolution to either lose weight or to spend more time on fitness. So, while this subject is on some of our minds, let…

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Janus: Gates to the Past and the Future Posted by on Jan 11, 2017

Salevete Omnes! Right now, as the new year kicks back into full swing a lot of us are probably thinking about what the new year has to offer. We are thinking about time; the time ahead of us and the time that has just passed. As we reflect on 2016 we are all looking forward…

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The New Years in March Posted by on Jan 4, 2017

Salvete Omnes! I hope everyone’s New Years passed with cheer and hope! I hope 2017 calls in more happiness and joy for us all.. The Ancient Romans, before 153 B.C.E. and Julius Caesar’s changes, used to celebrate the new year in what we consider early March. This was a very ancient tradition. The very first…

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You in Ancient Rome: A Day in the Life Posted by on Dec 15, 2016

Historians and Classics enthusiasts often pay close attention to the history surrounding the great and legendary figures of Ancient Roman politics, philosophy, and mythology. However, today, let us take a look at the people who made up what was one of the greatest and largest cities in human existence. After all, such a city was…

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